A380-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3300 times:
Apologies to all for resurrecting this thread...or indeed adding to it...but...
My only advice would be this...
If you have a good spot where you can shoot aircraft on the ground then start with a cheap (but quality - there are lots around from Canon / Pentax / Nikon) used SLR with just manual focus - this will also allow you to get a modest selection of lenses for not big money. You will get shots good enough with this setup.
If you are limited to shooting moving aircraft (approach/takeoff shots) then consider autofocus, but still look for a nice used body and maybe get a good 70-210 zoom as this will tend to be smaller, lighter, and faster (larger maximum aperture) than a 300mm zoom.
After that you need really to learn and understand the scan techniques for your chosen film (print/slide) as this will be where you might find it gets difficult.
But remember, you do not need to spend lots of money on camera gear - there are thousands of perfectly good used bodies and lenses out there.
Lewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3623 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3296 times:
Don't do the same mistake I did! Do you have a tight budget? Even if you do, don't buy a cheapo camera with a bad lens. I did the same mistake and after a year, I discovered it wasn't sufficient enough. At least buy a Canon EOS Rebel 2000 (or EOS 300 in Europe). If you can afford it buy a Canon EOS 33 or 30. The 30 has Eye control focus (not very important) and the 33 doesn't. In HK, you might find all these cheaper. And buy a good lens. For Canon cameras, make sure your lens is USM, it will be faster and quieter and there wont be a huge difference in price. Ask for prices for these models and make your choice.